Councils should be given powers to jail rogue landlords, LGA says

The Local Government Association (LGA) has called on the government to shut down a housing benefit scam forcing people to live in poor and dangerous accommodation and jail more rogue landlords.

£24 awarded 13 councils for clean energy projects

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has awarded funding to help develop clean and efficient heating systems to 13 local authorities across England.

DfT introduces new minibuses to improve rural mobility

The Department for Transport (DfT) has announced that community groups across the country have been awarded funding to buy new minibuses to help keep people on the move.

Councils should consider providing free condoms to reduce STIs, says NICE

New guidance from NICE recommended that condoms should be more widely available to reduce rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

Powys Council delays waste collection changes

Powys County Council has announced that plans to revise collection rounds for recycling and waste have been put on hold.

Success of parking fine appeals dependent on council, figures show

Data collated via a Freedom of Information (FoI) request submitted by the Press Association has indicated that the chances of successfully challenging parking fines varies widely depending on where drivers get a ticket.

10 per cent of councils cut social care spending by a quarter

According to a report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) one in ten councils have cut their spending on social care by more than a quarter.

59 per cent of population experience issues with broadband, survey finds

A new Which? survey has found that 59 per cent of households (16 million people) across England experienced some kind of problem with their home internet connection in the last year.

Kent CC criticised for ignoring pothole claims

Kent County Council (CC) has come under attack after data has come to light showing hundreds of pothole compensation claims were rejected by the authority under the assurance that it planned to repair the roads in the future.

Scrap council licensing committees, MPs say

A report conducted by the House of Lords Select Committee has concluded that the government made a ‘substantial error’ in creating new committees for local authorities to deal with licensing.

DCLG reveals measures to block brownfield sites

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has announced new plans to help councils speed up development of derelict and underused land for new homes.

IPSA mistakenly publishes MPs’ confidential data

The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) has confirmed confidential personal information about 3,000 MPs' staff and their salaries has been mistakenly published online.

DCLG announces £40 cash injection for coastal regions

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has declared that communities up and down the coast are set to benefit from a £40 million cash boost.

 Sunderland CC finishes transfer of children’s services

Sunderland City Council has completed the transfer of its children’s services to a new company, after it received an ‘inadequate’ rating by Ofsted back in July 2015.

Campaigners march against Bath and North East Somerset Council cuts

The Bath Deserves Better campaign group have marched against reductions to council budgets, including cuts to arts funding, Bathampton Meadows park and ride and library services.

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